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As 'Big Squeeze' begins, commuters encouraged to avoid U.S. 95 near the Spaghetti Bowl

US-95 has been reduced down to 2 lanes as construction begins during Project Neon (KSNV)

The latest headache from project neon -- a big one, and a long one – is gearing up for the full effect this morning.

Last night, NDOT started squeezing traffic on the 95 between Rancho and the Spaghetti Bowl. Traffic will be down to just two lanes in each direction.

RELATED | 'The Big Squeeze' will tighten traffic on U.S. 95 starting tonight

If you travel along I-95 in this area, you know it’s already pretty congested during the peak times of day. Now, all the traffic will be squeezed into two lanes in both directions.

The closure is related to Project Neon -- the $1 billion 3.7-mile-long widening of I-15 from the U.S. 95 interchange to Sahara Avenue.

This isn’t just an overnight closure -- according to NDOT, the restriction is expected to last 10 months.

NDOT is asking drivers to take alternative routes by using roads like Valley View, Decatur, Rancho, Eastern and Las Vegas Boulevard -- detours that some who live on these roads aren’t looking forward to.

"If you're going to do something to the freeway, it's going to be twice as bad. I can't believe they're going to do that," said Las Vegas resident Bill Daane. "Well, I sure hope it's smooth sailing in the long run. I might be dead before it gets done."

The closures are expected to create major delays and we'll be out here keeping an eye on them for you.

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